2417Hrs – Launch Site Confirmed!
Well what a week! It’s always a joy to be back in Falmouth but this time proved to be even more pleasurable.
It’s always been my dream to get ‘Gleda’ on the water somewhere in the Falmouth area but a lot has changed since my days there on ‘Morgwas’ all those years ago. I was fearful that the ever creeping development of the marine leisure industry would have destroyed all the special places I once knew, that the costs of launching and keeping a boat anywhere around the Fal would have sky rocketed above my means, that folks wouldn’t want anything to do with some numpty from up country with a home built boat.
I’m very pleased to report that my fears were, for the most part, unfounded and that I can therefore confirm that ‘Gleda’ will be launched on the river Fal!
As it turned out I was somewhat spoiled for choice when it came to suitable locations to launch. I needed three things 1) A yard/space accessible to a 40ft articulated trailer 2) a yard/space big enough to allow final assembly of the boat (40ft x 25ft) and 3) Crane and/or slipway to the water.
I now have a shortlist all within a few miles of each other but at the moment Mylor Yacht Harbour is at the top of the list. There is one other exciting possibility nearby but it’s a long shot and I can’t say any more at the moment.
I’m very excited that I now know where ‘Gleda’ will be going when she comes out of the barn and it’s an added bonus that Mylor is just round the corner from the JWD HQ at Devoran. I was lucky enough to spend two hours with James and Hanneke last week and they have accepted my invitation to the launch so it’s stacking up to be a fantastic party!
I’ll tell you more about my meeting with them in a later post.
So we now know where but the big question is when! Well I’m aiming for the back end of May or the beginning of June and I’ll be working as hard as I can to make it happen. There’s a lot of work to do and it may be that I’m being too ambitious so it’s my intention to make a final decision about the launch date at the beginning of April, by then I’ll know for sure what’s possible.
I have some other commitments over the next few days but I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours work on the beams today and I’m planning to do the same tomorrow, after that I’ll be diving in full time!